Housing minister joins local residents to celebrate completion of new homes in Twechar

A milestone in a wider regeneration programme that has also created apprenticeships and other area improvements
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June 26, 2012 - PRLog -- On Wednesday 20th June 2012, Housing and transport minister Keith Brown  attended a special event and visited local residents to mark the completion of the first phase of new housing in Twechar, East Dunbartonshire. The £4.3 million project by Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association, part of Places for People, has created a modern, quality focussed, new development of 41 energy efficient homes for rent and home ownership.

Working closely with East Dunbartonshire Council, the residents of Twechar have been fully involved in the regeneration of their village including the selection of Places for People as the Council’s strategic regeneration partner.

Working with Places for People and the project architects Cooper Cromar the community has been actively involved in developing the design of the new homes to ensure they reflect the character of the village and the aspirations of the residents.

Commenting on the completion of the initial phase of regeneration, Castle Rock Edinvar Managing Director Alister Steele said; “I am justifiably proud of what has been achieved so far in Twechar.  The new housing complements the extensive efforts of the community to ensure that the village is an attractive and welcoming place to live in the long term. We have created a vibrant and sustainable development in a place that people now want to live.”

Chair of the Twechar Tenants and Residents Association David Hopkins said; “This has been a long time coming and these new homes have made a huge difference to the lives of people, particularly the elderly in the community, who have moved from dark and inadequate housing into accommodation that is better suited to their needs.  Everyone in Twechar is delighted that phase one is now completed and we are looking forward to phase two coming forward next year.”

The Community was also involved in selecting Cruden Building & Renewal, the contractor appointed by Places for People to build the new homes. As a result of the selection process local residents have benefited from the creation of new work opportunities including 6 new apprenticeships. Of the 6 apprentices appointed a year ago, 5 people are still in post.  

During his visit Minister for Housing and Transport Keith Brown visited one of the successful apprentices Scott Stevenson and his partner Kerry Anne Boyd and in their new home.  He said: “It was a pleasure to meet Kerry Anne and Scott and it is great to see them happy in their new home.  Everyone in Scotland should be in safe, warm and affordable homes that not only meet their needs, but support the development of sustainable communities.  Continued investment in new, energy efficient housing will help boost our economy, through the direct impact it has on construction and jobs and it’s very encouraging to see how apprentices can be involved in creating such high quality homes.”

Rhondda Geekie, Leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, added, “These new homes are the result of a great deal of hard work between the Council, its partners and the people of Twechar.

“I am thrilled to be here today to help mark the completion of the first phase of housing, which is a hugely positive step forward in the wider regeneration of the village.

“This is good news for local people: not only are modern, attractive homes being built but their construction is providing jobs and training opportunities in the community. I look forward to watching future regeneration efforts unfold.”
Source:Maggie Wright Associates
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